Saints Crusade to Louisiana!

Dear Friends and Family,

 


This week I got to use my favorite phrase: “I can’t help you move on Thursday, I’ve got a softball game!” 

I also got to use my second favorite phrase: “I can’t come to work this week because I’ll be in prison!” 

After a long cold winter of pushing and shoveling snow, I am heading to a warmer climate to play softball and minister in prison.  This Tuesday I am leaving for a 6 day trip to Louisiana to minister and play in 5 different prisons in 5 days with the Saints Prison Ministry.  I would very much appreciate the prayer support for myself and the 13 other men who will be on the trip.  This trip will include Saints Missionary Athletes from Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and of course, Illinois.

Sometimes people will ask me how to pray for the Saints.  Here are a few very specific prayer requests for our team:

  • Traveling Mercies–  Guys are coming from every which way to be on this trip!  Some by car and some by plane!  Once we arrive we will be traveling around 1200 miles during the week (close to 24 hours on the bus!)
  • Team Unity–  We will be around each other for around 144 straight hours!  Please pray that fellowship will be sweet and moral will be high as we serve together.  Having a week to hang out with my teammates on the bus is almost as big as a blessing as ministering in prison. 
  • Team Performance–  Softball is the tool to get into the prison and minister, but pray that we play well and ultimately play with a Colossians 3:23 attitude and play for God and not for men!  Pray for tired muscles and joints as we will be tested physically.  Our objective isn’t to go 20-0 on the trip but to play at a level that engages the inmates and earns their respect so we can be more effective sharing the Gospel in between games. 
  • Speakers–  Pray for the Missionary Athletes who will be sharing their testimonies of how they met Jesus and for the Missionary Athletes who will be sharing the Gospel.  I will be sharing the Gospel on Thursday at Allen Correctional Institution in Kinder LA (About 100 miles east of Baton Rouge).  Also pray for the Missionary Athletes who will be in the yard distributing Gospels of John and having conversations with the men. 
  • Families–  Each of the 14 Missionary Athletes are leaving a family at home so they can minister.  Please pray for all of the wives and moms who have to brave work and kids by themselves.  Pray that kids will be good (especially mine!), cars won’t break down, and appliances won’t fall apart while we are gone! 
  • Logistics–  Logistics?  What a weird request!  There are several intricate details that need to happen in order for us to do what we do!  Please pray for good weather.  Pray that the staff at each facility will be accommodating to our ministry.  Pray that schedules don’t mixed up causing delay.  Pray for continuity as we have to use multiple hotels on this trip.  Pray that the Missionary Athletes don’t forget their driver’s licenses as that is what stands between us getting in the facility or sitting on a bus all day!
    • Wednesday  Elayn Hunt Correctional Center-  St. Gabriel, LA
    • Thursday  Allen Correctional Center-  Kinder, LA
    • Friday  Winn Correctional Facility-  Atlanta, LA
    • Saturday  Rayburn Correctional Center-  North Angie, LA
    • Sunday  Louisiana State Prison-  Angola, LA
  • Inmates– Finally, pray for the men that we will encounter as they are the purpose of this trip.  We will be playing in some of the largest facilities that The Saints Prison Ministry have ever ministered in.  Our last prison on Sunday will be Louisiana State Prison in Angola.  This is the largest maximum security prison in the United States.  There will ample opportunities to share the Gospel and to get literature in the hands of thousands of men.  Pray that God will soften hearts and prepare men to see a need in their lives for the Gospel.  Pray for the Christian inmates, that they will be encouraged during our visits.  Pray that God will use these games to make an eternal impact for His Kingdom! 

I will be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter this week.  If I am not currently friends with you, please “Friend” me on Facebook or follow me at @tgibson62 if you would like to stay posted on what we do. 

 

If you have not received a support letter from me or if you have any questions about how you can support The Saints Prison Ministry please email me at tgibson62@gmail.com . 

 

Thank you in advance for the prayer support and for all of the encouragement many of you have been over the last 3 years!  Kelly and I have been praying for years about how we serve God in missions and I am thankful I can serve in prison using a game I love. 

 

Thank you and “Go Saints Go!!”

 

Tom

 

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